A Space To Make: At Home. Activity #16
- 1st June 2020
- Posted by: Ami Lowman
- Category: Get Involved
Hello friends. I don’t know about you but the weeks are flying by!! Today’s creative activity suggestion to try at home is silhouetted moon paintings… A fun (and potentially messy) activity that’s great for the family to make together.
What you’ll need:
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*Something round to draw round (I used the middle of an embroidery hoop)
You may also need:
To start with prep your back ground page, get a bit of black card and cut to size if needed, set aside when ready.
The on a spare bit of card (the same size as your background draw round a circular object in the middle of the page (Don’t place to one side / the edge) then then you’ve got a line, use a craft knife and cutting mat to cut the circle out of the page so you’re left with 1 whole bit of card with a hole in the middle!
Then on a separate bit of card draw another circle using what ever you’ve chosen (This one can be to the side) Within this circle draw your object. I used things that you may see at night / silhouetted against the moon (bat / spaceship / magical unicorn! 😉 Keep your design relatively simple/easy to cut! When it’s done use the craft knife and cutting mat again to cut the design out. This time you want the object as a whole, and all the rest of the circle background can be discarded! If you want to colour the background too, then you will also need to cut out an additional circle from card!
Now you’re ready to start adding some colour… Get your palette and squeeze out a small amount of paint. (you can always add more later if needed) I like to start with the white! Prep your table and make sure its covered. Put you background down first then add the back ground with the hole in on top and pop your cut out object into the middle of the whole. The did your brush into the paint and use a wooden skewer to aid you flicking the paint onto the background!
Make sure you get a good coverage and don’t worry if some dots are bigger than others. Once you’ve got a good coverage of white you may want to add some yellow too to make it look more ‘glowing moon’ like!
Now you can carefully remove the 2 stencils and reveal your design. You can either leave it like this, but if you’d like to add grab that extra circle you cut out and place over the top of your central design!
Repeat the process of adding more colour by flicking it on, I like to use a contrasting colour for this, something darker, like blue or purple! Start with pure colour then mix in some white to lighten it… this creates a really cool layered look!
When you’re finished, remove the circle and admire your artwork! Don’t forget to let it dry! Don’t throw away your cutouts either as they’re great in collages! Experiment and have fun with this activity…. try adding more layers or details with a gold or silver pen after!
Finally, don’t forget if you have a go, make sure you send up some photos so we can include them in our lockdown gallery!!
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